TI: A Teachers at Sea Program on Board the R-V Marion Dufresne (IPEV) in the Atlantic Ocean.
AU: * Laj, C
AF: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, CEA-CNRS-UVSQ
Avenue de la Terrasse, Bat. 12, Gif-sur-Yvette, 91198, France
AU: Leau, H
AF: Institut Polaire Paul Emile Victor (IPEV), Technopole Brest Iraoise, Plouzane, 29280,
With the support of the French Polar Institute (IPEV) and of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), a
program for High Schools was conducted along side the scientific work on board the Marion Dufresne, during
the MD168 AMOCINT, IMAGES-XVII cruise. 5 teachers from France, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United
States of America, were invited to participate to the cruise. The teachers' program was to participate to the
scientific activities on board and to relate these activities to many schools around the world.
In order to be fully immersed in the scientific work, the teachers participated together with the scientists and
technicians on board to two 4-hours shifts per day (8h total per day). During these shifts, they were involved
in every step of the process of obtaining the cores, cutting, opening and labeling them, archiving, and
measuring some of the physical parameters, and finally sediment description.
It was possible to establish almost daily reports of the scientific progress of the cruise and to send regular
logs to the participating land-based teachers in different schools mainly in Europe and in the USA, taking
advantage of a list of addresses of teachers having participated to the Geosciences Information for teachers
(GIFT) workshops of the European Geosciences Union. Although many schools were already closed for
summer vacations during most of the cruise, we received some enthusiastic responses from many teachers,
and the material sent will be used in the classrooms from the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.
Also, taking advantage of the large amount of sediment collected by the CASQ corer, we have systematically
taken part of the sediment for the schools. We have written some simple instructions on how to extract
foraminifera from the sediment, how to identify the clearest warm and cold species, so that the teachers will
be able to show that at any particular site there have been significant climatic fluctuations in the past. This
should bring authentic science in the classrooms.
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0815 Informal education
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 0850 Geoscience education research
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2008 Fall Meeting